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THEATER REVIEW Couldn't ask for anything more with 'Crazy for You'

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.

The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

MSMT's "Crazy for...

'Oklahoma!' inspires courage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by DENNIS RAZZE Special to The Press in Focus

Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.

The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

As I grew a little older, I was cast in these shows in high school and in summer theaters, mostly in ensemble roles. I loved to sing Richard Rodgers' music (I...

LV WRITERS

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The show features some of the best-loved...

No limit to Macy Gray's jazz roots with David Murray Infinity Quartet

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The voice on the other end of the phone is unmistakable:

Macy Gray.

You're probably familiar with her voice from her debut album, "On How Life Is," and its hit single, "I Try," No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts in 1999, bringing her a 2000 female pop vocal Grammy.

The voice of David Murray is less familiar.

However, the sound of his saxophone is. Gray is a founder of the World Saxophone Quartet, received a 1989 jazz instrumental group performance Grammy for "Blues...

That showtime religion

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (MSMT), at 33 years and counting, is the Lehigh Valley's longest-running summer theater.

MSMT founding Artistic Director Charles Richter is counting on continuing to be involved.

Of this year's season, for which he directs "Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Richter says, "We're trying to move ahead and be bigger and better than ever."

The season includes "Jesus Christ Superstar," July 10 - 28, and "Seussical," June 19 - July 27, at the...

Article By: PAUL WILLISTEIN pwillistein@tnonline.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

X marks the spot

The Southside Film Festival (SSFF) is underway.

You may have seen those posters with the big red "X" on them.

The X isn't for the MPAA ratings of the films being shown at the SSFF.

Rather, X is the roman numeral 10, as in the SSFF 10th anniversary.

The X also marks the spot, or screening locations, for more than 57 films, through June 15, Broughal Middle School auditorium, Victory Fire House, Lehigh University Sinclair Lab Auditorium and...

ALLENTOWN

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 39th annual Art-in-the-Park is 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 15 in West Park, 16th and Turner Streets, Allentown.

Art-in-the-Park features original works of art by more than 80 local and regional artists.

Prize money is awarded in each category: watercolor, graphics, oils and acrylics, photography, and 3D (pottery, wood, jewelry, glass, fabric, sculpture).

Free spaces are given student artists grades nine - 12.

Performing at the Victorian bandshell:

10 a.m.,...

THEATER REVIEWS Good 'Clean' fun at Penna. Playhouse

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When a compulsive doctor tries to manage a free-spirited housekeeper, things get all mixed up and more than a little messy in Pennsylvania Playhouse's production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House," directed by Tom Brown, through June 23.

Kelly-Anne Rohrbach shines as the Brazilian housekeeper Matilde, who is better at poetry (all in untranslated Portuguese) and empathy, two skills that don't necessarily mean she is a good housekeeper.

Rohrbach has a wonderfully expressive range...

'Now You See Me,' now you don't

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's not a lot of magic in "Now You See Me," even though the film's milieu is prestidigitation.

There are digital special effects aplenty the kind of cinematic magic we expect in sci-fi, fantasy and action films.

The special effects cannot distract from a weak screenplay with half-baked plot and lack of character development.

"Now You See Me" inadvertently proves a motto said in the film by one of the magicians: "The closer you look, the less you see."

While...